Flamenco Ukulele Sevillanas Study

The sevillana is a light folk dance full of joy and the tempo is usually very brisk, although it can be much slower and serious.

It is customary to play (or dance) Sevillanas in sets of four. All four tunes will follow the same pattern.

I have included 2 sevillanas for you to study as an introduction to the structure of Sevillanas.

First there is a rhythmic introduction - this rhythm is very simple, later I will introduce you to more complex rhythms but this one carries on from the index finger rasgueo introduced in the Malagueña lesson and should be easy to play immediately.

After the rhythm introduction there is a short melody section (the Salida). More often than not this is the same as the last line of the Sevillana.

Following a short rhythm section is another melody section made up of variations on the Salida then leading back into the Salida, this is repeated three times. Sometimes a variation is played the third time. The music always ends abruptly (see the Apagado section) and then after a brief pause the next Sevillana is played.

showing apagadoApagado is used to stop the sound of a chord and can be done with the little finger of the left hand (or right hand if you are left handed) or the hand.

In Sevillanas, using the edge of the hand gives a very emphatic sound and is dramatic.

Immediately after the index finger strikes the last chord, push the right wrist towards the surface of the Ukulele. The side of the palm automatically pushes against the strings and silences them.

Note it is not the palm that mutes the strings but the side of the hand, as shown in the photo. The side of the hand gives a crisp sound, using the flat hand to mute the strings would give a softer sound

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